FORT DRUM — The more opportunities people have for environmental exploration, the more likely they are to become active outdoors.
And outdoor activity is what Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County staff aim to provide to north country residents, as part of the second annual Outdoor Adventure Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in and around the Natural Resources Permit Building on Route 26.
“We’re expanding to 23 stations,” said Margaret Smith, 4-H community educator at the extension office. “Just working with Fort Drum, we wanted to make it bigger, better and add more variety for the day. We really want to get the public out and involved at Fort Drum to see the different things they can do with their families.”
The inaugural event had just 12 stations.
Getting people outdoors will also make them learn to appreciate their environment, she said.
The family fun day is hosted by the extension office and staff from Fort Drum’s Environmental Division. There will be displays and activities on fish and wildlife, trees and forest management, wildfire management and fire prevention, fishing, weather, cooking and camping, native art, using compasses and maps, gardening, trapping, conservation law enforcement, wildlife calls, fish and wildlife management, insects, rocks and minerals, and human impact on the environment.
New this year, Ms. Smith said, is a paleontology booth with fossils, and a bubble station where a device was made to form bubbles around people.
“The great thing about this event is, we have everything from shooting sports and hunting to water rescue and climbing walls,” she said.
An archery range and air pistol range will be limited to older children and adults, but younger children may practice safety and skills with Nerf guns.
Outdoor Adventure Day, a free event which will be held rain or shine, will provide “lessons kids can take home to their parents,” Ms. Smith said.
While the Carthage American Legion Post 789 will be on site selling hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken barbecue, families also may bring their own picnic lunch.
For more information, including directions to the venue, call Ms. Smith at 788-8450, or visit http://wdt.me/yZk6kp.